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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Review: (A)loft Modulation

Jazz is a famously unstructured form of music. Often improvised, and unpredictable, it doesn’t matter if there is no clear ending to the song: the mere experience of listening is thrilling enough. (A)loft Modulation, the new play by Jaymes Jorsling … Continue reading


Published: Owning Her Power: Reneé Rapp, Regina George, and Compassionate Strength

Originally published on Dramatics.org View this story online No one can accuse Reneé Rapp of method acting. The emerging star of Broadway’s Mean Girls, who brings the scheming Queen Bee Regina George to life onstage, wore a huge smile when she … Continue reading


Published: I Lived Through the End of the World in a New York Basement

Originally published on Electric Literature View this story online One evening in late July, I huddled in a Manhattan basement, battling radioactive creatures and trying to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world. Afterward, my fellow survivors and I recapped the … Continue reading


Published: How Grief Helped Bring the Daughters of Two Theatre Luminaries Together

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  Playwright Lily Houghton and director Kylie M. Brown discuss their world-premiere collaboration — Artists often channel their grief into their work, and that’s just what playwright Lily Houghton and director Kylie M. Brown have done … Continue reading


Review: Wives

“A wives’ world,” the women sing as they triumphantly dance across the stage. “. . . and the male gaze will be cast away somewhere up among the stars . . .” With its empowered declarations and jubilant choreography, this … Continue reading


Interview: Why Mitchell Jarvis Will ‘Rock’ Till He Drops

Originally published on TDF Stage View this story online  The actor on reprising his role as Lonny in Rock of Ages Mitchell Jarvis credits Shakespeare with inspiring him to revisit his best-known stage role, Lonny, the cheeky narrator of Rock of Ages for … Continue reading


Interview: How a Planned Rom-Com Transformed Into a Serious Exploration of Captivity

Winter Miller on the unexpected trajectory of her world-premiere play No One Is Forgotten Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online — For years Winter Miller has been telling her playwriting students to “follow your yes,” encouraging them to trust their … Continue reading


Interview: How Hadestown Turned an Ancient Story Into This Year’s Best Musical

Originally published on Electric Literature View this story online The road to hell is a lengthy passage in Hadestown, but the journey of Anais’ Mitchell’s re-envisioning of ancient Greek myths to Tony-winning victory on Broadway seems even longer and more transformative. Somehow … Continue reading